The 69th Cannes Film Festival: A Fine Vintage!

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(Video of the Cannes Film Festival opening clip shown before every film) Dear Friends, Sure, there was the tasteless “rape” joke directed at Woody Allen, Julia Roberts ascending the Red Carpet barefoot, and the boos that greeted Sean Penn’s Last Face… But beyond a few incidents like this, the Cannes Film Festival took place with … Continue reading

Language: More than a Practical Portal

  Dear Friends, One of the greatest human urges is to communicate. At an early stage, our toddlers demonstrate the frustration they feel when their meaning or intents are not understood for lack of language skills—sippy cups are thrown to the floor; food is flung from the high chair.  The message is clear: we want … Continue reading

Thoughts on Family Travel

Dear Friends, When I think back on the success of our family vacation this summer, I realize that there are key elements that contributed to our enjoyment. I wanted to share these with you: 1. My Children’s Ages We’ve traveled to Europe many times before with Nick and Sasha. This time, at ages 10 and … Continue reading

La Tournette, Haute Savoie

Dear Friends, A week after our Ste. Victoire adventure, I was fortunate to bring my children and husband to another favorite peak of my past–La Tournette, in Haute Savoie, France. I had discovered this corner of France 15 years earlier when David Parry, ATA’s chairman, and I conducted R+D for a hiking tour I had … Continue reading

Montagne Ste Victoire

Dear Friends, As many of you know, I was born in Marseille, France, and many of my childhood summers were spent enjoying Provence, with family and friends, from perches in cherry trees overlooking vineyards, swimming in the turquoise waters of Cassis’ calanques or picknicking in the dappled shade of the plane trees at Le Tholonet. … Continue reading